DUP’s Arlene Foster busted for gay marriage lie as Tory support talks falter

Theresa May’s “coalition of chaos” looked in real trouble today on the eve of the Queen’s speech with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party looking in doubt today – ten days after she announced a vote support deal had been agreed.

The day after Brexit talks began, Theresa May faces any chance of a Westminster majority crumbling as DUP sources told Sky News that talks “haven’t proceeded in a way that DUP would have expected.”

The Queen will speak in the House of Lords detailing a much curtailed Tory legislative programme that may now lack a majority to pass it at approximately 11.30am on Wednesday, leaving her majesty just enough time to nip to Royal Ascot before the first race at 2.30pm – so she really won’t be amused by any further complications.

In another major embarrassment for the controversial Northern Ireland Party linked to a paramilitary past and constant opposition of women’s and gay rights, the Scottish government today busted the DUP’s Arlene Foster for lying that she did not send them a letter requesting they do not marry gay couples from Northern Ireland by rather predictably – revealing that letter.

Correspondence from the DUP leader and fellow DUP Northern Ireland MP Simon Hamilton to the Scottish government asking if couples from Northern Ireland could be prevented from having their civil partnerships converted to marriage like their English, Welsh and Scottish counterparts could was revealed on a Scottish government website today.

The claims emerged when Scottish minister Marco Biagi tweeted on June 10 revealing that the DUP leader had written to him asking to curtail same-sex marriage access for Northern Ireland couples.

Biagi made the revelations as the Northern Ireland party with controversial homophobic views against same sex marriage were liaising with Theresa May to help her cling onto power with a Conservative minority in Westminster.

Marco Biagi was Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment from November 2014 to May 2016 and he explained how Foster had written to him in September 2015. “I said no”, he tweeted.

 

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